What issues have you encountered this year while recruiting cyber talent, if any?

Lack of formal qualifications10%

Lack of available talent48%

Lack of experience21%

Unwillingness to relocate6%

Lack of specific tool/software expertise3%

Unrealistic salary expectations9%

None of the above1%


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Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
When it comes to IT in general, and information security specifically, much of the so-called ‘talent shortage’ is due to companies that do not want to pay for talent.

They offer low-ball salaries/consulting rates and then complain they can’t find people.


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Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

I agree wholly with this. I’m about 8 years into my career and when I first started I would see “entry level positions” with an entry level salary but including a CISSP requirement. I could never figure out if this was HR not understanding that, at a minimum, this requires 4 years of experience to be eligible for or if they knew and were seriously passing off a de facto 4 year experience requirement as entry level.

There are a plethora of people I know wishing to get into the Fidel’s but it’s a combination of poorly written job descriptions and pittance of salaries that are the real cause of a shortage

Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

Field* not Fidel, haha.


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